The first chapter is in Chicago where Brent and his family live. Brent's family is distant, they each are just trying to make each other happy. Brent goes to a private school along with Johnathan, Brianna, and Chaz.
Brent does not fit in.
Brent and Johnathan go to Chaz's party that they were not invited to. There he spots Brianna (his crush). He hounds her until she finally cracks. Under a bright light she yells at him saying "Get off of me." Everyone stares and laughs at Brent as Brianna storms off.
Brent is humiliated of the previous event. Angry he storms off, drunk, he goes to his car. He drives and drives. Trying to take his life, he takes his hands off of the steering wheel placing them on his lap.